As sign makers expand into new markets for vinyl decals, their customers are increasingly asking for digital color: photos, logos, and intricate designs. These require an inkjet printer. If you’re at this stage in your digital graphics journey, you may be wondering what kind of vinyl you need. What works with your printer, and what […]
Every day entrepreneurs decide to jump into digital printing. Some are startups looking for a new business opportunity, but most are experienced sign professionals upgrading from vinyl graphics. Either way, there are important factors, and potential pitfalls that must be considered. Taking the plunge without thoughtful planning can complicate the transition to digital printing. Some […]
Having been in the sign industry for over twelve years, I do know that it is very possible to design an object you can’t print. That may be interesting to philosophers, but it’s maddening for sign makers. This frustrating phenomenon generally befalls people who are making the transition from CAD processes to digital color. The color range used in vinyl and heat applied films is entirely different from the output available from a standard process printer. Most new printers assume the range is the same and struggle with managing their own and their customers’ expectations.
To help you shorten the digital printing learning curve and quicken the returns on investment, we present this topical index to all of our digital printing blog articles. Check the links below to find helpful information about equipment, media, and processes.
Heat is an integral part of modern large format printing for both eco-solvent and latex printers. All large format outdoor printers use heat. Heat helps ink penetrate media and helps printers dry the ink. This produces prints that can withstand long term exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Heat is as essential an ingredient […]
Recently, I was corresponding with a prospective customer about Mutoh large format printers, when she responded, “We are looking at getting a more well known brand. Do you sell HP, Mimaki, or Roland?” That caught me by surprise as I was under the impression that you couldn’t get better known in the printer world than Mutoh. So, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Mutoh, let me tell you about them.